The beautiful fall colors have arrived. The first picture was taken this morning on our way to purchase a new chain and to pickup a sharpened chain for the chainsaws. As you know, from my previous posts, we have been helping Brian & Reva gather firewood and are in the process of cleaning up our downed trees from the storm. The picture was taken from Indian Fort Theater looking out towards the scenic foothills overlooking Cowbell Holler in Madison County, Kentucky.
The rest of the pictures were taken yesterday while hauling firewood back & forth to Brian & Reva's house. This is the road they live on...Somershade also lives on this road. All of the rest of the pictures are of the road they live on, except for one. If you enlarge this picture, you can see a white horse across the pond, to the left of the mid point of the picture. There are 3 horses roaming around the pond, but I think I only got one in the picture above.
The pictures are out of order, but we are almost at the home of The Four Bears and Somershade. This is right next door. We used to own this ten acre parcel of land, but sold it off about 15 years ago. The neighbors need to paint their fence. *LOL*
I just love this view...I could just sit right here all day long and watch for deer & wild turkeys in the clearing below...Behind me would be the pond from the second picture and I could turn around and watch wild mallard ducks playfully skim across the surface of the water, as they come in for a splash landing.
Now we have just passed Somershade's home, crossed over a narrow wooden bridge and are at the home of The Four Bears in the Woods. I think I have posted this picture before, but it was in the springtime. If you sit quietly you can hear the calls of the large red-headed woodpeckers and you can definitely hear the rythmic sounds of their beaks pecking for bugs, in the bark of the trees. You can also watch the aligator snapping turtles as they curiously look to see who is silently sitting on the banks of the pond...it never fails...they just have to stick their long thick necks out to look.
The last picture below is just another picture of the area and hopefully you will be able to click on any picture to enlarge them for better viewing.
Because of all the rain that we have had this year, I think this is turning out to be one of the prettiest Autumns that we have had in a long time. The leaves are turning colors slowly and are staying on the trees. In years past, the leaves turned their gorgeous fall colors and on that same night we would have a violent storm denude all of the trees at once...leaving nothing but bare branches.
Although the fall colors are something to see, I don't like to see the trees without any leaves. I once planted all the evergreen trees that I could around me, so that I could see green all year long...But in the winter, the wet snowfall would bend the trees over and sometimes break them. And sometimes the bent over trees would block my path out and I would be snow-bound and trapped.
The year I met Jimmy, I was trapped in my cabin for over a week with no electicity or way out...it snowed about 3 feet. I had a VERY LARGE chainsaw, but wasn't able to pull the cord to start it. If I pulled on the cord, the bar would swing over to one of my legs and I was halfway afraid I would cut one of my legs off...and they aren't worth a darn if you can't get them started...the chainsaw, not my legs. *VBS* I had a Mamabear wood stove and plenty of firewood & food, so I kept warm and cooked on top of the woodstove. My girlfriends tried to come out to get me, but all the roads within 5 miles were blocked with downed trees and they couldn't call me because the phone lines were down. After or during the snowfall, I can't remember, we had an ice-storm and it was dangerous outside because of falling trees and heavy ice laden branches constantly falling. It was a very errie sound to hear the popping and cracking of large trees and then see them tumbling down all around you. I stayed put for over a week and then decided to walk out, at about the 11th day or so...but where would I go, so I came back to find that the phone was now working...YIPEE!! I called the guys who delivered my wood and asked them if they would come cut me out and they did. They laughed because of all the cutting they had to do just to get in...I lived way back in the sticks...a non priority road...no school bus or mail delivery here and a driveway that was about a quarter of a mile long. Jimmy later asked why I didn't call him...he would have come he said and I told him I didn't know him well enough yet to call him. I had only met him a few days before the storm.
Well...this post WAS about fall colors, not about ice-storms. This is what happends when you write your posts as you go. Your mind wanders off in all directions thinking of old times. *S*
Have a nice weekend and think of me when you see a dead or downed tree because that's what I'll be doing this weekend...cutting and hauling more firewood.